Thursday, October 28, 2010

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Cover imageHave you ever wished that you had a special power? Perhaps, invisibility, being able to fly from place to place or even read minds? Well that’s no problem for a young wizard named Harry Potter who can do anything with a flick or tap of hiss wand. The book I’ve chosen is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. Harry goes to a school under the title Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This is Harry’s second year in Hogwarts and this year’s no walk in the park. Someone or something is petrifying every poor soul in its path (not to mention a teacher’s cat). If someone can’t find who ever or what ever is doing this, Hogwarts will be shut down…FOREVER! Loving the school more than anything, Harry feels it’s up to him to do so. With the help of his two faithful friends Ron, and Hermoine. This book’s genre (which is my definite favorite) is fantasy.

 I honestly enjoyed this book because of the suspense, action, and mystery that constantly keeps the reader’s nose in the book and at the edge of their seat. I highly recommend this book to those who like fantasy and/or science fiction, as well as a challenge. I don’t recommend this book to people who enjoy realistic fiction or biographies because this book is far from real. Once again, this is my book recommendation for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Jamel F. - Mr. Lubin's class

Sent by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Cover imageThe amazing book I am reading is Sent by Margaret Paterson Haddix. The gist of my story is that the main characters Jonah, Katherine, Chip, Alex are zapped back in time to the 15th century. Where they find out that Chip is supposed to be King Edward V and Alex was supposed to be Richard, Duke of York. The two characters find out that there uncle is trying to kill them since so he can become king since the boy’s father died. So now Jonah, Katherine, Chip and Alex are trying to fix the past. Will they be able to fix the past and get back to their previous time zone? The book that I am reading contains elements of mystery, adventure and science fiction. 

 I enjoy this book a lot because it is very interesting and it involves some of my favorite genres mystery and science fiction. The people who may enjoy this book are the people the like genres that this book includes. The other people that will enjoy this book are people that like books that involve the 15th century.

Erin C. - Mr. Lubin's class

Hidden Talents by David Lubar

Cover imageHidden Talents, written by David Lubar, is an amazingly awesome book. The genre of this magnificent book is realistic fiction. Hidden Talents is about Martin Anderson who gets kicked out of every school he attends because of his mouth. In the last school that would accept him, he made some friends. To Martin, the kids that he meets are perfectly normal. Until one day he does some research and comes to a conclusion that his friends have powers. If you like a book with mystery, but also realistic, then this is the book for you.
            Boys in between ages 10-13 would like this book. They would like this for a numbers of reasons. First, most of the main characters are male. Also, these guys are doing stuff boys this age often do. They are bad in school that’s common for boys this age.

Shayne S. -Mr. Lubin's class

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Cover imageThe book I am going to recommend is The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. The gist to me means like the topic, the main idea. The gist of this book is when Percy Jackson finds out he has special powers. This book is like a twist of genres. It is fairy tale and fantasy. Those two genres interest me.
I liked the book because it was very interesting. I absolutely love interesting books because they hook me in. I like crazy, random, and interesting books. People who like that kind of stuff are people who would like this book. I would recommend this book to those kind of people.

Braydon S. Mr. Lubin's class

The Trials of Death by Darren Shan

Cover imageHow would you like it if you had to be thrown in a pit of spikes because your best friend saved you from a wild boar!? Well in the wonderfully horrific tale The Trials of Death by Darren Shan must face certain doom if he does not complete all 5 of his death defying challenges. One may ponder aimlessly looking for questions as to what happened in this horrifingly humorous tale. First before I begin I really should reveal the author and genre. The genius that produced this tale of terror is known as Darren Shan. This fantastically freaky novels classification is fantasy but it also has an enjoyable mix of horror. Here is the gist of this action packed tale. In this book Darren Shan must face five trials of death. The fist fear induced challenge is a seventeen-foot water filled aquatic maze. Next our hero will move on to a path of sterling silver stalacites.then Darren will transfer to the hall of flames, then move to the challenge of wild boars. The fifth challenge still sadly remains unknown. How will Darren survive?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you put that aside you may be wondering if this horrifying story may not be for you.  This fantastic story is very fast paced. If you can’t keep up this novel this story is certainly not composed to suit your needs.  In addition to being fast paced this book is filled with incredibly gory details. If you’re easy to scare this book will scare the living daylights out of you.  I believe it is clear to see that if you can’t handle gory vampires and ugly monsters this book is clearly not for you!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Brandon R.- Mr. Lubin's class

Scorpions by Walter Dean Myer

Cover imageThe book I read is Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers. In the story Jamal ‘s brother Randy is in jail and Jamal is trying to get a job to pay for Randy's appeal. Then Randy’s friend tells Jamal to lead the gang called Scorpion. Jamal get in a fight in school and he pulled a gun out a bag. Jamal’s only friend move to his dad' s house. 

   I like this book because it held my interest . Also because there was always something going on. Other who likes realistic fiction and if they like action throughout the story.

Ben McStay- Mr. Lubin's class

Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

Cover imageThis memoir, Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank was a sad book. It’s about the Frank family and they are Jews. Hitler has ordered all the Jews to concentration camps. Anne Frank, her family and the Vaan Danns are hiding in the “Secret Annex”. They have to be super quiet and can’t move around. If the Franks and Vaan Danns are caught the will be taken to work camps and forced to work until they’re too sick or too old to die. This book takes place during 1942 and 1944. 
            I love this book because I love to learn about World War II. I would defintly recommend this book to girls, and girls only. Anne talks a lot about girl things. Anne talks a lot about girl things. If you are a girl and want to learn about a teenage girls life, read this book, Diary of Anne Frank.

Cynthia Martinez- Mr. Lubin's Class

Don't look behind you By Lois Duncan

Cover imageThe main character is April a who is an amazing tennis player. She has an amazing life, boyfriend, and family. Until suddenly she finds out her dad is secretly working for the nib and during one of his conferences is shot at but the shooter misses. Now April and her family are in danger and the consequences are a new It’s new schools, a new home, and new friends. Can the family survive this?

       I enjoyed this book very much. You would love this book because it is full of action and mystery. If you love mysteries you will love don’t look behind you by Louis Duncan.

Esperanza Rising- Pam Muñoz Ryan

Cover image One of the books that I have read in the past year was Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan.  This realistic fiction and drama book is about a girl that had a very good life then it starts getting worse and worse by the second.  Esperanza is a girl in Mexico and she always wanted a good life.  Her father has been ambushed and killed when she turned 12. That night her house went into flames.  Esperanza and her mother lost all of their money and all of their things. So they had to go all the way to California to work. It was pretty hard for Esperanza and her mother. Later in the book Esperanza’s mother started to get very ill, so she couldn’t work.
I loved this book a lot because I like to read realistic fiction books and I like to read drama books. When I read the back of this book I thought that it would be a perfect book for me.  I think that this book belongs to anybody that likes a lot of drama.  They would enjoy this book because there is a play about it and you might enjoy the play. Therefore you might like the book.
Maya J.- Mr. Lubin



Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Cover imageThe book that I am recommending is Tangerine by Edward Bloor. This book is about a boy named Paul Fisher, who moved from Texas to Tangerine, Florida. When they got to Florida it wasn’t how they imagined it. Tangerine turns out to be very unique and weird place to live. For one thing, Paul’s neighborhood is next to a field where there is a muck fire that has never burnt out. Tangerine is very unusual. To find out more you should read this book. The genre of this book is realistic fiction.
I like this book because it is full of surprising and weird things that happen. I also like this book because it doesn’t have a lot of characters and isn’t very confusing. I would recommend this book to people that like soccer and people who like a little weirdness in the story. People who like realistic fiction will also like this book. Overall this is a very good book. You should read it.

Ryan A.- Mr. Lubin's Class

L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad

The book I will be recommending is called L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad. The genre of the series is realistic fiction and it’s about two girls named Jane and Scarlett. When the two girls move to Los Angeles to move out of their comfort zones, they get picked to be on a new reality television show called L.A. Candy and it changes their whole lives. Involved in this book are a lot of heartbreaks, a lot of drama, and a lot of wondering of what could happen next.
   I would recommend this book to teenagers because it has some inappropriate behavior and bad language. Still this series is fantastic with its dramatic story line and characters. This series has three books in it so far and it has never left me un-entertained yet. I hope this recommendation helps you.

 Shawn G. - Mr. Lubin's Class

Payback by Paul Langan

Cover imageThe book Payback by Paul Langan in the Bluford High Series was an outstanding novel. Tyray Hobbs, the main character, has grown up around a bad environment and trouble all his life. He is a notorious bully. After Darrell Mercer takes enough of Tyray’s nonsense he beats him up and breaks his wrist. When Tyray gets tired of being teased at school, he gets something that changes his life. This results in a life or death situation. The genre of this book is realistic fiction.
 I enjoyed this book because it seemed so real. I could imagine the story in my head while I was reading because the author put so much imagery in his text. The story flowed together very nicely, and it taught me a lesson at the end. I would recommend this book to people who like realistic fiction books and some drama. If I had to rate this book out of five stars I would give it five stars because I liked the ending.

Jamye- Mr. Lubin's Class

Don't look behind You By Lois Duncan

Cover imageThe main character is April a who is an amazing tennis player. She has an amazing life,boyfriend,and family. Until suddenly she finds out her dad is secretly working for the FBI and during one of his conferences is shot at ,but the shooter misses. Now April and her family are in danger and the consequences are a new ID's new schools, a new home, and new friends. Can the family survie this?

 I enjoyed this book very much. You would love this book because it is full of action and mystery. If you love mysterys you will love Don't look behind you by Louis Duncan.

By, Elektra H.- Mr. Lubin's class

Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith

Cover image The book that I'm  reading is Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith. And what this book is about is that this boy named Henry Green. His problem is that he loves chocolate so he puts it on everything and anything. One morning the whole family was at the table, Mom Green, Daddy Green, Henry Green, Mark Green, and Elizabeth Green were eating breakfast and so Henry had the usually which is chocolate candy, Chocolate icecream,or Chocolate milk.  When they arrived to school Henry was feeling very very weird and he broke out in brown spots.  What happens next is quite serious!

    This book would be great for people who like seriously funny stories about imaginary things that happen because of silly actions.  It is pretty easy to read doesn't take very long.

Bionca M. - Mr. Lubin's class

Rivals by Tim Green

Cover imageAre you a baseball fan??? Then you should read the Rivals by Tim Green. This genre of the book is realistic fiction. The main characters are Josh, Benji, and Jaden. In the beginning Josh had met his match in one of his games he played in the U14 travel team when he got hit with the beanball by 75 mph. Josh and his Benji had encourage Jaden by accident to be a reporter about a baseball player and Josh sees her like twice a month. Josh in the end strides for the championship to try get his revenge.

I would had recommend this book to six, seventh, and eighth graders, also to all baseball fans. Some reasons are why I enjoyed this book are: because I read some of his books and  I enjoyed it. Second I am a baseball fan and three fourths of the book had to be about baseball. My last reason why I liked it because I could picture everything in my head, like what was going on. This was the info I had read about the Rivals.

Mr. Lubin's class

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Cover image Frindle by Andrew Clements is about a kid named Nick Allen.  The genre is realistic fiction.  Nick is just starting 5th grade, but then the Language Arts teacher was still there.  Mrs. Granger was the meanest Language Arts teacher in the world.  Then during the middle of the year, Nick makes up this word "frindle".  (It it a pen.)  During the year Nick was telling the whole school to start saying the word "frindle" so everyone started getting detention.  So Mrs. Granger and all the students had to stay after school every single day.

     I like the book because it was a short story and it was interesting.  I think that boys in Seventh Grade would like this book because it was not that hard to read and the story was pretty hilarious especially when the kids pick on the Language Arts teacher.

Issa F.- Mr. Lubin's class

Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

Cover imageThe Book Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements is a very exciting book. Bobby Philips, a fithteen year old kid, wakes up one morning and discovers he is invisible. After convincing his parents he is invisible they decide not to tell anybody. Instead they  decide to keep it a secret and find out who or how this happen to Bobby.When his parents are in a car accident that leaves them hospitalized bobby has to stay home alone until they get better. Bobby spends most of his time in the library.  There he meets Alicia Van Dorn, a blind girl, with whom he eventually tells his secret to. Ultimately, to save Bobby's family and reclaim his life, Bobby and Alicia launch an investigation of their own, eventually discovering the truth behind Bobby's invisibility and a possible solution to his problem.
       This book is science fiction because a guy goes invincible. I think that readers that enjoy science fiction would really enjoy this book! I also think that mystery lovers would enjoy this because its all one big mystery that would entertain you through out the book.Hope fully this would encourage you to do something with your lives and go read this awsome book!

By Jose C. - Mr. Lubin's Class

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Hachet by Gary Paulsen is a awesome book. It's about a boy named Brian Robeson who flies in a single engaine plane to visit his dad in the Canadain wilderness. when the pilot  suffers a massive heart attack and dies. Brian has to live in the wild and he has to find his way home. It is a realistic fiction book

i like this book because it's awesome  I think  Jose, a kid in my class,  would like this because he is reading the book currently and because he was forced too read the book i thought that Hachet was a good book and its a series and i read the whole thing .

Dillon G.- 7th grader 

The Underneath by Kathi Applet

Cover image The Underneath by Kathi Applet this book is really amazing i couldn't stop reading it. there's the main characters Calico cat, Puck, Ranger,and Sabine. which with his unthinkable family but funny looking as a whole. i would make this a fantasy because the animals kind of talk in it. this book makes me happy when one of the evil man in the world gets destroyed. I felt so bad for the cats they didn't mean to do it it was all Gar-Face fault.
I Loved this book because it was so not boring i felt like i couldn't stop reading. some people don't like this book but i loved it i thought it was going to be boring cause it was fantasy. in my opinion is that i wasn't thinking bout how good this book would be but i loved the book anyway so i felt good bout it. if they Age Range: 10 to 12 if that isn't under that i wouldn't recommend it. Other then that it is a really good book.

Sapphire B. - 7th grader


Deliver Us From Normal by Kate Klise

Cover imageOver the summer, I read the book Deliver Us From Normal by Kate Klise. The main character in this story in  which the author focuses  on is named Charles Harrisong. In this story Charles and his family decide  to move from their hometown of Normal and purchase a boat that they have never seen before. Unfortunate, this boat turns out to be in real bad shape. As the Harrisong family works on fixing  up their boat they finally realize what is most important to them and that is their family. 

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about families who like to work hard or anyone who likes to read stories about boats.  This is also a great book to read if you like stories where families work together to solve their problems.

Matt O. - 7th grader

Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

The book is about a teenage girl named Bella and her two best friends Edward and Jacob.  Edward and Bella are together while Jacob is Bella's best friend.  Jacob is jealous of Bella and Edward's relationship.  Bella can feel uncomfortable around Jacob because she is not as close to him as she is with Jacob.  Whenever Edward is with Bella, Edward always makes sure that she is protected.
      The genre of the book is fantasy. The book is fantasy because there are vampires and werewolves in the book.  There are settings that are not real places.  I liked the book because I am a person who likes book that contain drama, romance, and action.  I recommend this book to people who like books that contain drama, romance, and action.

Caroline Scheipe- 7th grade

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

I have recently just finished reading The Outsiders. This book is by S.E. Hinton and the genre is Realistic Fiction. The Outsiders is about a neighborhood gang. The people in the gang are all best friends. The members are Johnny, Ponyboy, Dally, Darry, Soda, Two-bit, Steve. They live on the east side of town and are called greasers. Their called greasers because they are poor, but put a lot of gel in the hair. Greasers are rivals to the socs or socials. The socials are rich and live on the west side of town where everything is nice unlike what the greasers live in.
I liked The Outsiders because I'm into books about violence and gangs. This books about violence and gangs. This book has both which is even better. I think Jose would like The Outsiders because he is ,also into violence and loves gangs. Which makes him perfect for The Outsiders.

Alex M.- 7th grader

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Carter and Sadie Kane are two siblings who were separated when their mother died. During Visitation Day, the only day Carter and their father get to see Sadie, their father takes them to the British Museum. Moments after they are inside and the Curator and the guards have left them alone, their father smashes an artifact, The Rosetta Stone. While doing so he releases five egyptian gods and he himself becomes possessed by a god and disapears. Now Sadie and Carter must venture to find their father and to save the world from the evil egyptian god, Set.  The genre of The Red Pyramid is Science fiction.

     One of the reasons why I like this book is because of the author, Rick Riordan. My favorite author. He wrote the Percy Jackson Series, one of the best series that I've ever read. So as soon as I saw this book, I started to read it this year. Another reason why I chose this book is because of the genre of the book. I like to read Science Fiction books. So if you like to read science fiction books and if you have read the Percy Jackson series, The Red Pyramid  is a good book for you.

Andre B. - Mr. Lubin's class

Flawless by Sara Shepard

The book Flawless by Sara Shepard is PHENOMENAL! This stunning series is about four girls named Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily. They are trying to figure out who killed Alison DiLaurentis. They also want to find out who's sending mysterious messages to the girls about secrets about each of the girls that ONLY Alison knew. Is Alison DiLaurentis really dead? This story is obviously a mystery because of all the secrets that lie in Rosewood, Pennsylvania.

The reason why I liked this book is because I Love mysteries, I love trying to figure out clues to find the key to an answer. The people I think will enjoy this book are people who like mysteries and like to discover things. If you enjoy watching the news and listen to drastic stories. You will simply enjoy Flawless

                                  By: Victoria V.

Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret

 Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret is a very moving novel. It is about a boy named Kyle who babysits his sister BeeBee during their first vacation in Oregon until an earthquake starts a fire in their hotel. He can't call his parents because they are on a ship for a work party. Since they are close by, they hear that their children's hotel is in flames! Nervous about their children, they hear that a powerful tsunami will flood the area. Acting fast on land, Kyle and BeeBee, along with their rival Daren, see the killer wave approaching land. Will they survive this destructive ordeal? Read this exciting realistic fiction novel to find out!
I liked this realistic fiction book. It was a very strong novel and is all about survival. Another reason why I enjoyed this book is because I study powerful storms and believe it or not, a tsunami is a storm. It engulfs people and destroys everything it touches. I think any one that likes survival stories and storms will absolutely love this novel. I liked it and I hope you do to!

Danielle W.- 7th grader

Breathe by Cliff McNish

The book, Breathe by Cliff McNish is amazing. It is about a boy named Jack who moves into a new house which is surrounded by ghosts. There are a total of five ghosts and their names are Oliver, Anne, Gweneth, Charlie and the ghost mother. The ghost mother is trying to steal one of the four ghost's spirits. Who will be the victim? She ended up in Jack's mother's body so Jack could love her. Will she ever Escape and get the love from Jack? Also she might want to kill Jack if his mother doesn't stop screaming because the ghost mother is in her. Will Jacks mother keep screaming and have Jack come to his last breath? Read this book to find out.

The reason that I like the book is that it is mysterious and it always keeps me in suspense. I never want to put the book down and that helps me get better in reading. I would recommend this book to people who love mysteries and ghost stories. This book is the best book I have ever read so far.

Lydia T.- 7th grader

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

 "Hatchet," by Gary Paulsen is a outstanding book. This book is about a kid named Brian who is on his way to visit his father, in Canada , on a small plane. Unfortunately, something happen to the pilot, which forces Brian to undergo harsh conditions in the the Canadian wilderness. The genre of this book is realistic fiction. I enjoyed reading this book, because it kept me guessing on every page. I would recommend this book to someone who loves action packed books. Hatchet, by Gary Paulen is a great book.

by Devon I.- 7th grader

Everything for a Dog by Ann M. Martin

This book is called Everything for a Dog. by Ann M. Martin. This book is realistic fiction. It is about a dog, a father about his childhood, and a young boy. Bones, the dog is about him and his life. Bones lived with his mother and his sister, but one time his mother was off looking for food, but she never came back and Bones and his sister have to survive by themselves. Charlie, a father, who is talking about his childhood, lost his brother from an accident that happened and Charlie might have another loss of his closest family members. Henry is a young boy who have always wanted a dog, but cannot get one. Then, one day he spots a dog wandering around and wants to save the stray dog. These three characters have different lives, but they come together in way.
I like this book because, I like animals, especially dogs and this story involves dogs. Also, I recommend this book to people who have pets especially, dogs and have a heart for them.
Casey L

A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan

I am recommending Cirque Du Freak A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan book one in the 12 part series.  The genre is fantasy.  The main character is Darren shan.   His friend and him, steve, read a lot of horror comics.  They go to a freak show called Cirque Du Freak.  Steve saw that one of the performers is a vampire that performed with a spider.  After the show steve stays, and talk to the vampire because he wants to be a vampire too, but to do that he has to abandon every thing.  Darren hears him saying that, so he doesn't talk to Steve for a while.  Darren steals the spider from the vampire and it bites steve, and the only cure is one that the vampire has.  Darren has to find a way to save steve before he dies.
     I liked this book because it is full of twist, and keep you thinking the whole time.  People who also like this book are 5-8 grade boys because it has a lot of action, vampires, wolf men, and little people who eat everything.  Also, people who like to read books from Darren Shan. If you are one of those people, or just like the summary you have to read this book.

by Dylan D.- 7th grader

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life is a funny book written by Wendy Mass is about a wimpy kid called Jeremy teamed up with a troublemaker named Lizzy she steals everything wants. There are trying to find a key so Jeremy can open a box his father gave him and told him to open on his 13th birthday. So they go around the city meeting new people and doing new stuff that they never did before.

If you are an adventurous kid then you would like Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life because it is a worthwhile book that will that will keep you entertained with the characters and their personalities. Even thought the personalites are very different they all play a important role in the book.

Sekou P. - 7th graders

Blade: Playing Dead by Tim Bowler

Blade Playing Dead by Tim Bowler is a violent book. I would recommend this book for boys because they would like the violence. The gist of the story is how a kid named Blade has to keep a low profile by trying to play dead. Blade has to dye his hair a different color to stay low key. He uses his safe money to help try to get out of the city. He has to try and stay away from the patrolled areas because he has a bad reputation with the cops. He got his name Blade from the way he can handle a knife. He helps this girl named Becky and her "kid" Jaz tyr to escape and get away from the city and her old gang.

I liked the book because my friend Elijah Richmon recommended it to me. I'd recommend it because it shows a true part in life because of the gangs, kids living on the street, stealing money, and sleeping in houses that are vacant for the time being. I also liked it because it is a very fast paced book. It also shows that the author did some research on the parts he put in the book. I think the boys would like it because they are the ones who like violence and bad language and knife fighting.  This is why i would recommend Blade.

Zachary S.- 7th grader

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Have you ever played games before; well in the city of Panem, they play games a little differently. Winning the game means fame and fortune, and losing means certain death; at least that's how they play in The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Colllins is a science fitction book about a teenage girl named Katniss Everdeen who takes place for Primrose, her little sister, when she is chosen  to compete in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a death fight between twenty-four teens from twelve districts (one girl and one boy from  each district) and they are put into an arena to survive, fight and hunt for their lives. Now Katniss is in the fight not only for her life, but also for the rebellion that is rising and for love.
    I really enjoyed this book because the author would use an extreme amount of imagery it would make you feel as if you were there and you were Katniss. In addition to that the ending of the chapters gave you that "WOW" moment evrey once and a while. It would keep you turning the pages and "hungry for more." So read this book and find out if Katniss survives in the games in the three book series of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. May the odds be ever in your favor.

- Julia F. - 7th grader

Demonata Series by Darren Shan

 The book or books i would recommend is the Demonata Series a fantasy series by Darren Shan. This series is about a war between humans and demons. The man characters are three kids named Grubbs, Kernel, and Bec. These three kids are the hosts of an ancient power known as the Kah-Gash. This ancient power has the power to destroy an entire universe when reunited. The kids have to come together to save the world of the demons. The demons are an all powerful race of everlasting disgusting creatures that could only be killed by magic. Their master that has just been born has an everlasting soul, his name is Death. Their is a demon master (a more powerful race of demons that control the lesser demons) by the name of Lord Loss that feeds on the fear of humans. he is also a main character.
     I would recommend this book to only people who like a book that has a lot to do with horror. Like blood and awful looking and sounding monsters. I liked this book because I like the sound and look of blood and creepy stuff. This book was intriguing to me because I like the super natural, like demons, magic, werewolves, and zombies. 

John H. - 7th grader

Jackie and Me by Dan Gutman

The book I would recommend is Jackie & Me.  this book is a scientific non-fiction by Dan Gutman.  This book is about a kid named Joe Stoshack.  Always in the beginning of the book he plays baseball but that isn't big in the book at all.  Joe isn't an ordinary kid he can travel back in time with baseball cards.  Only him and a few other people know what he can do.  So he heard about Jackie Robinson and wants to meet him.  But Joes mom never lets him go.  Joe always persuades her to let him.  His mom can't say no.  Joe go to the store and buys a Jackie Robinson baseball card.  He packs his stuff including a baseball card from his time.  Then he holds the card up to his chest and goes back to 1947.  Joe learned everything about Jackie and has a blast.

I liked the book because Jackie Robinson is a role model to me.  He's not what you think.  He did everything.  He was in the army, he played football, basketball, and he helped his mom raise money for the family.  All that in college, also he played in a negro league.  But Branch Rickey wanted him to break the color barrier.  So also Branch Rickey broke the color barrier.  but Rickey told Jackie to watch his back of threats and black mails.  But that did not scare Jackie.

 Jay E. - 7th grader 

Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan

Do you like a good mystery? This September I read Rangers Apprentice 
by John Flannagan. In this spectacular story Will, a young boy, is 
chasing his dream of becoming a battle school student. He doesn't 
qualify and is forced to to go with anyone that might make use of him. 
He is chosen to be a Ranger, nobody actually knows who the Rangers are 
or how important they are. Since Will is now a Ranger he learns from 
his master Halt, the way of the Rangers, to be lethal, stealthy, and 
    I personally enjoyed this book, and that should say a lot because I 
don't I usually dislike reading books. There is something about the 
mysterious Rangers that interest me in reading more. I would recommend 
this book to people with patience. This book was enticing but you had 
to wait for the UM PH. So if this sounds like you, you would love this 
book just like me. If you are a picky reader this book is not for you. 
This book has some parts that could be rather dull and repetitive but 
it definitely makes up for it in the end. Enjoy!

Letters to God by Patrick Doughtie

What a fantastic book!

      The book i read was Letters to God by Patrick Doughtie and the genre of the book is Non-Fiction. The book was about a little boy named Tyler, who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of three and before he got cancer his dad was killed in a car accident on his way back from work. Before Tyler's dad died, Tyler saw his dad write letters to God, so he started to write letters. Since Tyler has cancer he has to get so many shots to be okay, so he gets a lot of attention and his older brother Ben feels left out. Finally Tyler gets to go back to school to be with all his friends and soon he would meet a new friend, because the regular mail man is going on vacation; so a man who was  fired, because he gets drunk, got the job back for awhile. The first mail man kept the letters that Tyler wrote and told the new guy about it and the new guy had no idea what to do with them. The new mail man and Tyler get along well and Tyler coach calls for him to play soccer and since his cancer is clearing up his mom says yes when they both beg. Then it happens at the game, what do you think will happen at the end?
       I loved this book, because it was very detailed and each chapter left you hanging, so it made you want to read more and more. I think anyone who likes sad, but also happy endings would love this book. 

 Amanda P. 7th grader

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

The book I am reading is A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks, and the genre is realistic fiction and romance. The story is about Landon Carter, he is known as a bad boy and some adults say he is on the fast track to prison. He was required to go to the homecoming dance, but there was just one problem. He couldn't find a date. He thought about taking Jamie Sullivan. A shy girl, but she would do anything for anyone. Her dad is the Baptist minister at the town's church, so she always has her bible with her. Landon decided to ask her to the dance and Jamie said yes, but on one condition; he couldn't fall in love with her.

I really like this book because there is always something going on in the story. I think most girls would enjoy reading this book. Any girl that likes realistic fiction and romance would enjoy this book. I also think that anyone who likes Nicholas Sparks would enjoy A Walk To Remember too.

Marissa A. - 7th grader

Crash by Jerry Spinelli

I read a spectacular book called Crash by Jerry Spinelli.  The gist of the story is that Crash starts to realize that Mike Deluca (Crash's best friend) starts to bully his neighbor, so Crash sticks up for him.  Mike and Crash start to change throughout the rest of the book.  the genre of this book is realistic fiction.  I like this book because even though it looks like it's about football it's something totally different.  If you are a person who likes book's with a twist I would really read this book.

                                                                                                                                                Matt N.- 7th grader

Schooled by Gordon Korman

I read the book schooled by Gordon Korman. This book is a realistic fiction. It is about a homeschooled, ungroomed hippie. He lives with his grandmother in a house that use to be a neighborhood inhabited by hippies and is now just one lone house. This house is technologically in the 60s. It has no TV, its powered by a generator and has no running water. But when cap's mother breaks her leg and has to stay in the hospital for 2 weeks cap will have to live with a normal family in a normal school while she recovers from her injury.
 I liked this book because it made a lot of references to the 60s that I understood. Though this also why I wouldn't recommend this book to most people. I say this because this book mentions things related to Woodstock (not the bird) and Jimi Hendrix songs. That is why I would and wouldn't recommend this book .

Topher- 7th grader

Red Storm Rising

One book in have read reacently is an aswam historical fiction book called red storm rising . It is a book adout a war between the warsaw pact and nato.
I would not recommend this book even tho I liked it because it was really confusing and verry long.  The only people I would recomend this to is people who like to read are used to confushing books So if your looking for a for an aswam book than you should read this book.

Andrew M. - 7th grader

It Only Looks Easy by Pamela Curtis Swollow

I recently read It Only Looks Easy, a realistic fiction book by Pamela Curtis Swollow. This book is about a seventh grade girl named Kaita. The setting takes place at her school and in her neighborhood. The plot is that her dog gets hit by a car and is in critical condition at the vet. Kaita can't stand the waiting to find out if her dog will be okay or not so she cuts school after lunch and "borrows" a bike. She leaves a note on the bike rack saying that she will return it later that day. She then left the bike outside the vet's office and it was stolen. Kaita had no choice but to come clean to her parents. Read the book to find out what happens to Kaita.

I choose this book because it had a dog on the cover and it was recommended to me. I liked this book because I am an animal lover and I like to solve mysteries. Anyone that shares a common interest with me might enjoy this book.

-Aliyha E. 7th Grade

Goosebumps A Shocker on Shock Street by R. L. Stine

Goosebumps A  Shocker on Shock Street
           I recently read Goosebumps A Shocker on Shock Street by R. L. Stine. The genre  is Mystery/Horror. The book is about Erin and her best friend Marty who are lovers of horror movies. Erin's dad designs rides at theme parks. He said that Erin and Marty can be the first ones to ride the newest attraction. Before the two go on the ride, this weird guy tells them not to ride because creatures will come to life. Of course, they don't believe him. Well, when they ride, something mysterious happens.
            I enjoy the book because I don't know what will happen to Erin and Marty.  I'm very curious. People who like Horror/Mystery will enjoy this book. There's all sorts of monsters such as mantises and ghosts. And they're trying to solve something. I hope you enjoy this book.

John M. 

Schooled by Gordon Korman

    What A Great Book!

       The book i am reading is called Schooled by Gordon Korman. This book  is about a lid who gets home schooled. One day his grandmother was picking plums from the tree and fell and broke her hip bone. So he has to go to a normal school. When he goes he knows nothing about anything and everyone makes fun of him. The genre of the book is realistic fiction.
     I love this book because its funny and it fits my expectations. Also because i understand the boo and how the main character feels. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes realistic books.

 La'nique R.- 7th grade

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

I have recently read a realistic fiction book called The Last Song written by Nicholas Sparks. Ronnie is the main character, and her parents are divorced. Ronnie and her brother, Jonah, are sent to North Carolina to live with their dad for the summer. While in North Carolina, Ronnie meets a boy named Will, and they develop a loving relationship with each other. They start having problems when, Steve, Ronnie and and Jonah's dad, develops a sickening disease called cancer. What will happen to Ronnie and Will's relationship? Will Steve survive his cancer? Read The Last Song to find out what happens.

I did like this book. I enjoyed it because i can relate to multiple things. Other people who might like this book will be teenage girls, because that is what this book is about, a teenager's summer. They would enjoy it because everyone would probably have something to relate to.

-Morgan D. 7th Grade

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Have you ever wanted to make a difference? Well in this book Roy does just that. This magnificent novel is titled Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. In this realistic fiction book Roy hears about a pancake house being built in the area. At first he is very excited about it. Little does he know there are burrowing owls at the construction site. All the owls will be buried once Mother Paula's goes up. When Roy finds this out he will do whatever he can to do to stop this from happening. Will Roy save the helpless, endangered baby owls? That is what you will have to find out. I really enjoyed this book because it never got boring and it always had me on the edge of my seat. Also, it is very descriptive so you can visualize what is happening. I would recommend this book to boys and girls around my age. This is because they could probably connect to this book just like I did. Lastly, this is a great book and you should consider reading it.

Matt S.- 7th grader

Claws by Dan Greenburg

The book I read was a realistic fiction titled Claws. In Claws there was  boy named Cody who is running away from his mother. Cody is 14. In order to survive Cody got a job for food and shelter at a tiger ranch. Cody becomes a great tiger wrangler and eventually ends up staying at the ranch because he loves it so much. To find out more read the book.

I liked Claws because it had animals such as tigers, mules, leopards, and other big cats. It also had a little mystery. I would recommend this book to people that like animals and and mystery.If they like those kinds of things they re sure to like Claws. I wouldn't suggest this book to people that don't like animals in cages because this book will just get them frustrated. Other than that than I say read it!

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Have you ever fallen in love? In your head you are probably thinking, "No, I'm only twelve or thirteen years old!" If i asked Landon Carter from A Walk to Remember do you know what his response would be? He would tell you that he fell in love with a girl named Jamie Sullivan Nicholas Sparks BB "tug at a readers heart strings", said an unknown source. Jamie comes across a life threatening disease and Landon doesn't know how to handle his feelings. Will Jamie make it through? You will have to read to find out. One last thing, you probably have an idea in your mind what the book is about from the title. Trust me, it's not what you think.

I liked that some parts in this book made me smile and other parts made me very sad. I would recommend this book to any middle school student or adult. This book is the best for girls who like romance stories. If you don't read this book you will regret it.

Taylor K.- 7th Grade